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I’ve heard a lot about kale but haven’t tried it yet. Can you tell me why it is supposed to be good for me?

Isn’t it interesting how foods that have been around forever seem to become trendy and end up on everyone’s plate? Kale is one of those foods.

I have been familiar with kale for over thirty years, since it was a staple in our grandfather’s garden. We would eat it in many different ways. We couldn’t seem to give it away back then though.

Unfortunately, foods that are healthy for us and fit our budget often don’t get much attention until the media gets involved, in this case social media definitely impacted its popularity. Kale can be found fresh or frozen, made into burgers and as chips and dips or popcorn as well as blended into smoothies. Not only can we eat it, but we can also shampoo our hair with it or use as body wash or facial mask.

Nutritionally kale is a ‘super’ nutrient-dense food. Like most fresh vegetables, it is a good source of fiber, low in calories and a good source of nutrients. Per cup, raw kale is only 33 calories, no fat or cholesterol, 2 grams protein, and excellent source of vitamins C, K, B6 and A as well as the minerals manganese and copper.

Due to its cancer fighting benefits, kale is recommended to be part of your diet, along with other cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collards, and Brussel sprouts) 2-3 times per week. It is usually in season from mid-winter until spring but can be found at other times too.

It might be a bit trendy right now, but kale is a great food that should find a place on your plate to boost your health!

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